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WR Leonard Hankerson - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 209Born: 5-7-1988College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 3

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2015 Week 11 vs IND (7 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)

Kyle Shanahan's "bring-along" from Washington had a good start to the game, catch and out route during the third series, drawing a pass interference penalty in the red zone, and later a drag route for a touchdown. Known for good route running, Hankerson's hands have been suspect and it didn't change in this game, dropping a wide open slant on 3rd and 6 where Indy saved him with a illegal hands to the face foul and dropping an intermediate cross in the fourth quarter.

2015 Week 6 vs NO (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

Despite given a golden opportunity to take this job and run with it, Hankerson continues to drop passes. He dropped a pass over the middle in the late third quarter where the target was into his chest and he juggled it. His passes are essentially crossers and check-downs with the occasionally a quick-hitter up the seam. He's a conservative fantasy option who should get owners some points with a shot at a red zone touchdown, but rarely big yardage.

2015 Week 5 vs WAS (4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' receiver caught a short in-cut on 3rd and 8 for a first down during the third series, but left the field immediately because he couldn't stand up straight. He was sent to the locker room after that play with a rib injury and missed the rest of the half. When he returned in the third quarter, he got open up the seam but appeared slowed by the issue and Matt Ryan's throw bounced 3-4 steps ahead of Hankerson on what would have been a touchdown if caught. Later Ryan overshot Hankerson at the left sideline on a slower-developing route and with 0:56 left and just missed the receiver in the end zone where the ball was knocked away by the cornerback Breeland from a trail position. Both plays showed that Hankerson lacked burst from his breaks.

2015 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 103 / 1 rec)

he was overshot on a 3rd and 8 out from the opposite sideline on his first target of the game and then overthrown on an out during second series. Hankerson then forced rookie CB Kevin Johnson to draw an illegal contact penalty on a 3rd and 15 deep go up the left side. He later beat Kareem Jackson on a 3rd and 11 pass for a 16-yard out and then a short gain on 3rd and 5 on a quick cross for a first down. He worked with Matt Ryan in the red area to adjust to middle pressure with a short route across the middle for a score that gave Atlanta a 28-0 lead. His biggest play was a short crosser with a delayed release behind the tight end for 56 yards. Even with the big lead that the ground game and the Falcons defense provided early that allowed Atlanta to rest Julio Jones for most of the second half, Hankerson was the more relied upon receiver than Roddy White for yet another game.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

The most notable points about Hankerson's performance is that he was at his best when wide open, but dropped the ball in tight coverage. He had two drops when covered tightly in this game, including a slant inside the 10 during Atlanta's second drive and a mid-second quarter target on 3rd and 4. With Roddy White no longer capable of winning on hard-breaking routes due to his aging ankles, Hankerson should earn more targets in this offense, but his ability to make good on them in contested situations is still a question mark.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (11 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)

Leonard Hankerson quietly had a very impressive performance against the Giants on Sunday afternoon and made some crucial plays for his team. Hankerson was very effective at the line of scrimmage and was able to get open against man coverage for most of the day. Hankerson caught slants and out patterns for first downs and was a highly efficient chain mover for Matt Ryan. Hankerson got his hands on a slant pattern over the middle in the redzone in the first half but was very unlucky not to score as he was tackled 1 yard shy of the endzone. Hankerson did make up for this however as he hauled in a high pass on a post route from Ryan. Hankerson was double covered on the play but the pass to the tall receiver was perfectly placed by his quarterback. Hankerson was able to get open often against New York and his size talent allowed him to get a lot of yards after the catch. He could have easily had 2 touchdowns and can take a defense by surprise if they are too focused on teammate Julio Jones. He is a #3 receiver at best for fantasy owners but played like a high end number 2 in this game.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The receiver's greatest impact this week came from penalties he committed on quick routes to the flat intended for Julio Jones. Some of the credit for these penalties can be attributed to Chip Kelly lobbying the officials pre-game on the tendency of Atlanta committing to these blocks too early, but it doesn't make Hankerson a victim. The receiver accounted for at least two of the penalties--a pass interference call and a holding call. He caught a three-yard pivot route for a first down late in the half and it was an excellent break against tight coverage. The other reception was a deeper pivot for 13 yards in the fourth quarter. If Roddy White gets hurt, Hankerson performed well enough to consider him for White's production.


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